Here’s the video of the Rail~volution panel on social media, blogging, and activism, hosted by Jeff Wood (aka The Overhead Wire), and featuring new-ish STB associate editor Matthew Johnson, The Stranger’s Dominic Holden, Sound Transit’s Geoff Patrick, and yours truly.

Thanks to Dominic, who I adore even more after this session, the video probably isn’t safe for work:

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  1. The bit about how to handle counterfactual nonsense, in blog comments or otherwise, is a good discussion of a thorny issue.

  2. This video is really great for those who have never dealt with the media before, such as the lady who said her group put out a press release with a detailed data-heavy document that her group had worked really hard to put together, and then they got dead air from all the media.

    As for the part where Dominic advised calling a reporter up, offering an exclusive, and suggesting that if that reporter isn’t interested in the story, tell him you’ll give the story to his rival reporter, I think that last part wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.

    Awesome job, Martin! You too, Matt.

  3. Martin’s statement at 0:43:30 that Seattle has an “inverted” relationship with the suburbs is interesting. He said that because Seattle has such a high-percentage of single-family housing, as well as as activists with a misguided opposition to growth on social-justice grounds, it’s easier to get large areas upzoned in the suburbs than in the Seattle, the opposite of most central cities. I partly agree with that because there’s little in Seattle to compare with upzones in downtown Bellevue, Kirkland, Totem Lake, and Lynnwood.

    But on the other hand, I think the smaller steps taken in Seattle (such as Ballard, Roosevelt, Othello, West Seattle) are better than the inability to get more than an inadequate token amount of walkability in tiny parts of Burien, Renton, Kent, and Mountlake Terrace. Lynnwood’s promises are impressive but nothing is on the ground yet, and Everett doesn’t even have any promises. So in that sense I’d say it’s not inverted.

    1. The even more eye-opening statement came from Dominic, who labeled Councilmember Nick Licata as “downright conservative” on growth issues, an assessment with which I strongly agree. I like Nick a lot for his leadership on social justice issues, but creating enough housing so people can afford to live in Seattle, and not be priced into living in the outer suburbs, is also a social justice issue, on which Nick is getting it all wrong.

      That said, Nick’s strong support for the monorail points to him being a key ally in getting intra-Seattle high-capacity *rapid* transit (and I am not talking about at-grade streetcars in general traffic, like the SLUS and FHSC) included in ST3. He has also been a vocal opponent of city-funded parking garages for quite some time.

      He can be won over to growth, IMHO, if we but make the effort to educate him on how growth improves affordability and the NIMBY efforts to stop or minimize growth are largely class warfare (i.e.. the War on Renters).

      The same goes for Kshama Sawant, if she gets elected. Don’t waste your breath trying to convince her that rent control is evil (as you won’t even convince everyone on this blog of that, when we’ve experienced and benefited from rent control laws that work). Get her on our side to support growth as a better solution to the housing affordability problem.

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